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“This book is a treasure! Bankart has written a lovely and loving, practical guide for every man who has struggled with the experience and effects of anger. Compassionate and insightful, he offers constructive suggestions for transforming the energy of anger into a new way of engaging life. I recommend it most highly. Read it—and give it to a man you love.”
—Michael J. Mahoney, professor in the Graduate Department of Holistic Counseling at Salve Regina University and author of Human Change Processes

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A unique approach to male anger management using mindfulness, compassion, and self-awareness exercises to help men understand and deal with angry feelings that can damage their careers and relationships.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications, Inc; 1 edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572244380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572244382
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ryan Feeback on September 4, 2006
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For anyone wanting to lower their blood pressure, stop being a jerk, or just get an understanding of why the line at the supermarket angers them more than the fact that the clerk has to deal with customers like them constantly, then this book is for you. It is funny, witty, and deceivingly profound in the way that it examines both the source of anger, and options for overcoming the hold it has over so many lives.
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I work as a licensed mental health therapist and one of the things that I do is teach anger management classes at a hospital. I have been using the "standard text" and I have been getting the idea that it is not reaching people where they live, at a heart level. This book is incredibly good at working with the reader in a compassionate way to deal with anger. This book uses cognitive psychology, Buddhism, mindfulness practice and a sense of humor to help the reader not only open up his mind, but also the heart- so that the real work of letting go of anger and living a compassionate life can begin.

While this book says it is for men, I found as a woman reading it that it held much of value for all humans, and in the places where it specifically addressed the concerns men have- it was, for me, a useful meditation on the experiences men have growing up and living in our culture.

I will definitely be using this book in every class I teach from now on. My highest recommendation. And to Dr. Bankart: Thank you. Through your words and sharing this book you have been my teacher.
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One of the best books I have read so far in treating my old, selfish, angry ways.
I do not see myself as "angry", but I found so many helpful ways in improving my outlook on life and strengthening my relationship with my kids and my wife. I wish I read this 15 years ago...
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Dr. C. Peter Bankart's "Freeing the Angry Mind: How Men Can Use Mindfulness & Reason to Save Their Lives & Relationships" is a must-read for not just its target audience--angry men--but also those who would seek to offer them counsel, care, support, and love. If you've found your way to investigating this book for whatever reason (maybe you're a man looking to work with his anger or someone looking to know more about the subject), trust me: this is the book you're looking for.

With its foundation in Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy (C.B.T.), Bankart lays out a series of ideas and techniques and stories designed to support men struggling with anger. That said, this book does not offer quick fixes or easy answers; rather, it is offers a path that requires no small amount of courage, honesty, and hard work on the part of the angry man. As Maurits G.T. Kwee says in one of the blubs, "Freeing the Angry Mind" offers "an original palette of procedures from various other sources...that have the capacity to strengthen...if practiced diligently."

In my view, the meeting of the reader's effort with Bankart's map will almost certainly "save lives and relationships." This is a book that can help. And goodness knows that those kinds of books are oh-so-rare. Again, if you think this might be for you, it is. Pick it up immediately if not sooner.

- Danny Fisher, M.Div.
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I'm using this in a class for men in a local jail who have been able to master a difficult emotion for them and hopefully will keep them out of trouble in the future.
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This book was comforting to me. I'm not sure if it is going to help him, though. Men have a long way to go.
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